Community groups address causes of infant mortality

Community groups address causes of infant mortality

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) -  In recognition of Infant Mortality Awareness month, local organizations are trying to inform people about the causes of infant deaths and the steps that can be taken to keep babies safe.

A group called Healthy Babies of Louisville advised parents on Tuesday how to help prevent infant deaths. Mayor Greg Fischer along with officials from 13 local health and social service institutions reminded parents how to help prevent infant death and pointed out community resources to assist in infant death prevention.

Dr. Sarah Moyer, Medical Director of the Department of Public Health and Wellness, gave several tips for a healthy baby:

  • breast feed your baby,
  • don't smoke during pregnancy or after the birth of the baby,
  • don't allow anyone to smoke in the home or near the bay,
  • never shake a baby,
  • practice the ABC's of safe sleeping.

The ABC's of safe sleeping include babies sleeping alone, on their backs, and in a crib.

Dr. Moyer also urged parents to take advantage of the community resources available through the Metro United Way 2-1-2 call center.

Healthy Babies of Louisville's goals are to lower infant mortality rates, to reduce the gap in infant mortality between black and white babies, to increase access to prenatal health care, to reduce smoking among pregnant women, and to decrease teen pregnancies.

On Thursday, the Louisville Central Community Center will host a community town hall meeting specifically aimed at addressing the high rate of deaths among African-American babies.

Healthy Babies Louisville has accomplished two of its immediate goals.  It has re-instituted the Fetal and Infant Review Board, which investigates the causes of fetal and infant death each quarter.

Healthy Babies Louisville is a coalition of 13 health and social service institutions that was formed in January.

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